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June 28
YVC Men's Basketball Coach Funk Resigns, Wilson Tabbed Interim Replacement

​Yakima - Yakima Valley College announced that Head Men's Basketball Coach Ray Funk resigned from his coaching duties for family and career reasons. He will remain at YVC as the college's Director of Athletics.  Funk's replacement is current Assistant Men's Basketball Coach London Wilson, who has been named Interim Head Coach for the Yaks. 

 "I'm thankful for the opportunity I've had to coach men's basketball at YVC," stated Funk. "Increasing work, school, and activity demands on my family members' lives the past few years as well as my desire to continue growing as an administrator make this an ideal time to step aside. London has been a loyal assistant to the program for the past eleven years and during that time he's grown tremendously. I believe he is ready for the opportunity. He has been actively recruiting next year's squad since April and I'm looking forward to seeing him implement his high energy and passion as the Yaks' next head coach," he concluded.

During Coach Funk's eleven-year tenure, the Yaks won the 2008 NWAC Championship, the 2009 NWAC East Region title, and played in the NWAC Championship Tournament semi-finals three times. In addition, his teams qualified for the NWAC Championship Tournament eight times. At YVC, Funk's overall record was 190-139 and in the 2013-14 season he earned his 300th career win as a head coach.​

Wilson is an alumnus of the YVC men's basketball program, having played at the college in the 2000-01 season. After Wilson's YVC career, he went on to play two years at the University of Nevada from 2001-03 for Head Coach Trent Johnson. Wilson has been on the coaching staff at YVCC since 2005 and holds a Bachelor's Degree in General Studies with an emphasis in Health Education from the University of Nevada.  In 2009, he earned his Master of Sports Science degree from the United States Sports Academy.

June 02
YVC Bachelors of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene Approved

​​Yakima, WA - The dental hygiene program at Yakima Valley College recently received final approval for transition to a bachelors of applied science in dental hygiene (BASDH) degree. This change will be effective September 2016.

The degree transition will not fundamentally alter the program curriculum content, but will now include an additional general education course, English 203, focused on the research paper.

The YVC dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "Approval without Reporting Requirements." The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The transition to the bachelor of applied science degree has also been approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

"The Dental Hygiene faculty are very pleased to support enrolled students by transitioning to a degree that more accurately reflects the level of education achieved," stated Cheri Podruzny, department head of YVC's dental hygiene program.

For additional information visit: www.yvcc.edu/DentalHygiene or contact 509.574.4916.

June 01
87th Commencement Ceremony

YVCC Celebrates 87th Commencement Ceremony on June 9, 2016

 Yakima, WA-Yakima Valley Community College will host its 87th Commencement Ceremony on June 9, 2016 at 7:00pm on Parker Faller Field on the YVCC Yakima Campus. The graduating class of 2016 includes 1,101 students ranging in age 18 to 74. Thirteen of the students are Veterans and 127 are Running Start students, simultaneously earning their high school diploma and an associate degree. The college will award a total of 1,280 degrees and certificates including transfer degrees, professional/technical degrees, and certificates.

This year's keynote address will be presented by Ms. Lorena González. González grew up in the Yakima Valley as a migrant farmworker, she worked and relied on scholarships and need-based grants, including Pell grants and work study, to attend Yakima Valley Community College and Washington State University before moving to Seattle in 2002 to attend Seattle University Law School. González is a nationally recognized attorney, civil rights leader, and the first Latina member of Seattle's City Council, elected city-wide. Before her election, she served as a senior advisor and legal counsel to the Mayor of Seattle.

The student commencement speech will be delivered by YVCC graduate Ms. Nancy Cortes. Cortes earned her associate in arts degree. Cortes was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. She moved to the Yakima Valley with her family when she was four years old. She attended Wapato School District and graduated, the first in her family, in 2002. Following high school she spent several years working as a homecare provider. She worked with a lady named Maxine, whose health diminished and left Cortes unable to care for her. With encouragement from Maxine, and her family, she earned her nursing assistant certificate before pursuing her associate degree. She plans to transfer to Washington State University's Nursing Program on YVCC's Yakima Campus.

The college also honors faculty and outstanding community members with the following awards:

  • Emeritus Faculty Award: Mr. Cecil Terk; retired YVCC Accounting Instructor
  • Distinguished Service Award: The Martin and Anne Drollinger Family

The Yakima Valley Community College Foundation has the tradition of presenting three awards during the commencement ceremony:

  • Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching: Mr. Michael Batali; YVCC Information Technology Instructor
  • Sherrie and Daryl Parker Faculty Award: Ms. Lori Kunkler; YVCC Basic Skills Instructor
  • Classified Employee of the Year: Ms. Cristy Rasmussen; YVCC Secretary Senior

The Yakima Valley Community College Alumni Association will honor an alum. This year's award recipient is:

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award: Mr. Chuck Weedin; retired YVCC Speech Instructor​

For additional details, including complete bios and photographs of the speakers and award recipients visit www.yvcc.edu/commencement. ​

May 30
YVCC Playmasters presents Chicago

​Yakima Valley Community College Playmasters presents the musical, Chicago on June 2-4, 2016 at 8:00pm and June 4-5, 2016 at 2:00pm in Kendall Hall Auditorium. Ticket prices are $20.00 for the general public, and $15.00 for YVCC employees, area students, children ages 12 and under, and seniors.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the YVCC Bookstore or at the theatre box office one hour prior to each performance. 

Chicago is an American musical that has enjoyed one of the longest runs in history on the Broadway stage. Written in 1975 by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Bob Fosse, Chicago is the universal tale of fame and fortune. The musical is based on the 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins. The storyline includes actual criminals and crimes she reported on during her time as a journalist at the Chicago Tribune. It is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the "celebrity criminal." The original Broadway production opened in 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre in New York. It was choreographed by Fosse and his style is strongly identified with the show. It then opened in 1979 at the West End Theatre in London. Chicago was revived on Broadway in 1996 and again a year later at the West End Theatre.

YVCC's production of Chicago is directed and produced by Alicia Bickley. Music is directed by Steven Slusher. The show's choreographer is Cloey Lantrip with associates Angel Lopez, Azalea Koestler, and Sierra Hutton. Set and lighting design by Joshua Legate. The cast of twenty-one actors is led by Sierra Hutton, who plays Roxie Hart, and Katy Sokol, who plays Velma Kelly, and includes: Angel Lopez, Aimee Hostetler, Nichola Blink, Dawson Kirschner, Joshua Cabrales, Franki Cioci, T'Quirah Walker, Azalea Koestler, Brooke Waits, Kingsavarkied Harvin, Christopher Mercy, Cody Jordan, Amy Fletcher, Barbie Wood, Kali Abrams, Jaclyn Schuster, James Klarich, Daniel Sanchez, and Stevie Macias.​

For more information contact Alicia Bickley at abickley@yvcc.edu / 509.574.4837.

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May 25
Summer ESL Classes

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Summer Quarter ESL Classes start June 21st at Yakima Valley College

Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley College (YVC) is now enrolling students for summer quarter English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. ESL is the study of English by non- or limited English-speaking adults who want to learn English. Classes combine listening, speaking, reading and writing, with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills. Contact the location you wish to attend to get the current entrance assessment schedule. You do not need an appointment, availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Summer quarter begins June 21. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the evening from 6:00-8:20pm.

ESL is offered at five locations. Call for site specific schedules. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.​

  • Yakima Campus: S. 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA 98902                     509.574.6850

  • Grandview Campus: 500 West Main Street, Grandview, WA 98930                           509.882.7000

  • Ellensburg Learning Center: 401 E Mountainview, Ellensburg, WA 98926                 509.925.4011

  • Sunnyside Learning Center: 2590 Yakima Valley Hwy, Sunnyside, WA 98944          509.837.9623

  • Toppenish Learning Center: 720 W. 3rd Avenue, Toppenish, WA 98948                     509.834.4550

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